Walk in freedom

Feet on the BeachWe live in a world where people see our symptoms, but don’t understand our sickness. People will judge your outer condition without taking the time to probe deeper and see what you are really dealing with. That’s why so many people never get to places of healing and wholeness because no one is patient enough to deal with the real issue. But the good news today is that God sees the heart.
God understands the totality of what you are dealing with because God has been a present help since day one. You can take everything to God in prayer. And when you take everything to God you tap into God’s power. God’s power is strong enough to not just heal you from your issue, but to also set you free from your infirmity. Get to the root of the trouble today so you can walk in freedom tomorrow.

 

Speak and walk in love

IMG_1917Hate is a big word that we need to be careful of, not to just throw it around to our loved ones. Hate is defined as to have a strong aversion about something or someone. It is associated with emotions on how we feel. There are positive and negatives characteristics to hate. To me it’s something you cannot stand, you despise and you don’t want anything to do with it, right? How come then it is easy for us to throw it to our loved ones. I’m talking about family love and respect. One cannot say I hate my mother because she redirected you from the wrong choices you make. You cannot say I hate my father because he told you not to hang around with bad crowd or I hate my brother/sister for just inconclusive reason, that’s negative hate. Hating a negative behavior doesn’t mean they hate you. We often throw that word to our loved ones not realizing the impact it makes to that individual. The Word of God says death and life are in the power of the tongue – Proverbs 18:21. Hate can be in a form of behavior doing cruelty and evil deeds. God wants us to speak and walk in love not hate. Today I want to focus on verbally using the word “hate’ to our loved ones.
Let’s look at what the bible says about hate. Its ok to hate things that are contrary to the Word of God and that is positive hate. The Word of God tells us to overcome evil with good, to love our enemies and keep doing good. Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who prosecute you. Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
I remember when my son and nephew (whom I always refer to as my son as well because he is my twin sister’s son anyway they all call us moms) were very young at the time. They have two years apart difference in age. They would play together and have fun as any kid will do. One time one of them busted into tears crying saying “I hate my brother, he’s mean to me”. Then took a moment with him to find out what mean thing the brother did. Of course, only to find out they were fighting over toys, on who plays what longer instead of sharing. We had to sit them down and told them of course you will annoy each other it’s normal you are siblings (per my family) but never use the word hate to each other. We told them their lips should practice to use loving words. In their young minds I know it could be difficult for them to understand it but it starts at the young age to implement positive values that would carry them to their adulthood.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
Yes, practice to use loving words around your family. No matter how you frustrated or how distasteful a behavior is, don’t use the word hate. Most of the times we take advantage with our family members thinking it’s a right thing to do, no it is not. It starts at home going to the outside to live positive and to spread love not hate. I read an article of a teenager seeking help on how to deal with anger and hate. The teenager was saying she hates her own behavior towards her family members especially her mother. She is rude and very disrespectful to both and often times throw “I hate you” to them. That was a big step for her to seek help, I applaud her for that even if I do not know her. Rather seek professional help than to make that kind of behavior/attitude norm in your life. It’s not physically, mentally and spiritually healthy for you and for the people around you
In closing; next time take a pause and think if it’s worth it to say “I hate you” when you having a confrontation with your family. Show love to your family and tell them you love them.

 

Fathers take care of your children

Some long to spend just a little time with their children any chance given, some don’t even bother to give time to be with them. As simple as a phone call to child to find out they are ok means a whole lot to a child. The society we living in now the structure and a function of …in quote “family” has changed. There are children who are born out of marriage some due to consequence of cohabitation, adultery or promiscuousness resulting in innocent children being conceived. In that inconvenient scenery, you find some men having children with different women leading to lack of accountability to take care or be there for the child. My viewpoint however, whether a child is born out of wedlock/out of marriage, in the marriage or whatever the case might be, it is the responsibility for a man to take care of their children as well
To the mothers there is no way, no how to say you can be both a father and a mother figure to a child. There is no possible way to do both. Having a positive male role model on a child’s life is crucial as it is needed. Therefore, if a child’s father is willing to have a relationship with the child or children, mothers by all means do allow him to do so. It’s not about either of you, it’s about the children. I don’t understand mothers who use their children as a fighting tool with their children’s father. Why would someone in their right state of mind not allow a relationship between a father and a child, that’s illogical to me unless of cause it’s per court order. Now to dear father’s; whether you are with the child’s mother or not, as a seed of that child you must partake taking your role as a father. Remember that woman never conceived that child by herself, you both took part.
“How is that possible”? –a father promises to pick up a child How on a certain day and doesn’t show up. And not even a phone call of apology. Not calling a child to wish them a happy birthday. How is it for a mother to tell that child that its ok and apologize on your behalf.
I tuned in to this program on the radio station some time ago they were discussing about men who have children outside their marriages and it’s a hush hush situation, up until the child is grown and they take it upon themselves to search for their father. It cannot get any heartbreaking than that. The Word of God says husbands are the head of the house. I don’t believe as the head of the household you bring misery and pain in the family. Fathers be responsible, take care of your children and young man don’t have kids yet if you cannot take care of them. Young woman be responsible to one self, no one has the power of your body than you.

 

Walk in love – short story to share

Let me share with you this short yet powerful story. One Sunday we had a visitor in our church. He arrived early parked his car and got out. Another car pulled up next to him and the driver told him “I always park there “YOU TOOK MY PLACE”. The visitor politely kept quiet and proceeded to go inside for Sunday school. When inside church he found an empty seat, and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, “That’s my seat, YOU TOOK MY PLACE”. The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome by this church members but said nothing.

After Sunday school the visitor went into the church sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, “That’s where I always sit, YOU TOOK MY PLACE”. The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment but still said nothing. Later, as the congregation were praying and asking God to dwell among them, the visitor stood and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. With the changes becoming more and more apparent to all in the church to see then someone from the congregation called out, “What happened to you?” The visitor replied “I TOOK YOUR PLACE”!!!!!!!!! Let’s all walk-in love. AMEN

 

God’s unfailing love

  • Love is such an overused word, don’t we all or some ‘love’ cheesecake, apple pie etc. But love in the Bible has a much richer meaning, particularly when applied to God’s feeling toward His people. The Bible describes a kind of love that goes far beyond the greatest human capacity. God watches over those who fear Him, those who rely on His unfailing love. We depend on the Lord alone to save us. Only He can help us, protecting us like a shield.

Psalm 33:18, 20 says; I have loved you my people with an everlasting love. With unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself.

Jeremiah 31:1 Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So, rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey Him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

Psalm 32:10-11 The Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. John 1:14 God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it. John 3:16-17 We know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.

But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s judgment. For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by His life. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God — all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God.

Romans 5:5, 8-11 We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called by Him. Romans 8:28 God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s special favor that you have been saved)

For He raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with Him in the Heavenly Realms, all because we are one with Christ Jesus. And so, God can always point to us as examples of the incredible wealth of His favor and kindness toward us, as shown in all He has done for us through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it.

Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:19 Anyone who does not love does not know God for God is love. God showed how much He loved us by sending His Only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love has been brought to full expression through us.
And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in Him and Him in us

Let us spread the love of God amongst us.